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Some of us may be guilty of being slaves to the aesthetic. When exercising we spend many hours working on the bits that we can see in the mirror (chest, biceps, abdominal muscles) while neglecting those things that we can’t, like the back, lats and hamstrings. This is all good and well but if we spend all our efforts chest pressing for example, over time our pectoral muscles will begin to overpower our upper back muscles. This results in postural imbalance, possible injury, and probable hunching of the shoulders for a Notre Dame-esque look. Not nice. So be sure to always work opposing muscle groups. If you push, then spend equal time pulling. Taken to it’s extreme you could actually go the other way around, spending more time pulling (upper back) than pushing, in order to get nice straight shoulders, an upright back and fabulous posture. This will help to counter a hunched (kyphotic) posture that can result from working at a desk or computer all day. Guys, it will make you look taller. Girls, it will make your chest look perkier! So be balanced, and be good. For a full low down on resistance training have a look at our resistance training fact sheet on the knowledge page.